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How long do workers compensation benefits last? Hello, My name is Ty Wilson of Georgia Workers Compensation Attorney practicing law in the State of Georgia. And our question today is, “How long do workers compensation benefits last?” And that really depends on the injury.
If you have what is called a “Medical Only Claim” then once you're able to return back to work, whether it's in a light-duty capacity your employer can bring you back in light duty, or if it's in a full due to capacity, typically, you've had what's called a “Change of condition for the better”. Meaning you've gotten better and the claim will kind of just Linger on and and close out at some point. If you need further care, you can always reach out.
So initially when you get injured you're entitled to 400 weeks of medical benefits related to this work injury. Most people do not need 400 weeks in order to get better and get back to work or move on with life. And so, that is on a “Non-catastrophic claim”. If your claim is catastrophic that would be a very serious injury. Loss of limb would be an example. If you lose your arm or you lose your leg then that would be what is called, “Automatically Deemed Catastrophic”. That is Lifetime medical benefits. That is a lifetime Income Benefits.
So in a non-catastrophic, it depends on when you get better and that depends on your medical care. And that depends upon getting the care providing notice with the employer. So we hope that you've found this information helpful, and we'll see you on the next video.